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Mermaid Cottage is a historic building – it has a story and is very much in the heart of the village. As a holiday house it is spacious and practical with a great location – being virtually on the beach at Gorran Haven.
In the 18C it was the village pub ‘The Ship’ and from it’s windows Dickie Kingcup the famous local smuggler looked out across the bay and organized drops of brandy casks off Dodman point, while the coastguard men sat in the Watchhouse further along the beach & wondered what the fishermen were doing. You’ve seen Poldark, think costumes and intrigue. For more detail, see our local history page (link).
If you wish to relive this, being right next door to the Mermaid beach café, you can plan your activities while gazing out to sea – over coffee and cake.
The front door is up four steep steps on Church Street, 15 metres from the sandy beach, (above the winter high tide mark).
You enter into the first floor hallway. The family shower room with toilet is on left and the two twin bedrooms are on either side.
Both twin rooms have matching pine beds and windows looking to the sea.
A cast iron spiral staircase takes you down to the large ground floor living area. At the beach end this has two sofas, an armchair, 36 inch flat screen tv and dvd player. A large (opening) window looks out onto the beach slipway immediately outside.
The centre of the room has a fireplace and mantle with a log burner. A pine dining table seating 8 and beyond this a modern fitted kitchen at the far end.
The kitchen has tiled work surfaces, ceramic hob and fitted oven, microwave. Separate butler’s sink area. A dresser on the wall houses the chinaware.
The ground floor is tiled throughout with rugs
Beyond kitchen, there is a utility room with washing machine, dishwasher and fridge freezer.
Beyond this (it’s a large floorplan), there is a games room with ping pong table and table football.
The top floor is reached up a second spiral staircase from the entrance hallway. This opens into a whole floor of bedroom. There’s a pine double bed at one end and a sitting area with sofa, armchair and coffee table next to ornamental iron stove (not functional).
There is a folding single camp bed for use if required (by arrangement).
This bedroom has three orginal sash windows that look straight out to sea over the beach. The floor is pine boards with rugs.
The large en suite bathroom has original free standing enamel bathtub, toilet with high level cistern and pedestal basin. A window overlooks Church Street.
There is a fitted folding baby gate at the top of both staircases.
The house has central heating transmitted through old cast iron radiators.
Gorran Haven beach is loved by families - local and visiting - during all the lovely Cornish seasons.
In the summer school holidays the beach it is quite busy, especially when the tide comes in. And there is an intimate, old fashioned, really enjoyable atmosphere. Children have been digging dams in the stream for generations.
Sometimes our cottages have guests whose families can remember a long time ago, they were doing the same simple things. They watch their grand children looking into the same rock pools. This sounds like advertising blurb, but it is just true.
We are collecting Gorran Haven memories if you have some. :)
Someone told me he'd been sitting on the fishermen's bench at the back of the beach one morning in the 1960's and he saw the Beatles across the sand. They were playing Plymouth in Oct 1963.
- Parking - on-street
- Washing machine
- Bed linen provided
- DVD player
- Pool table
- Ping pong table
- Wood stove
- Central heating
- Towels provided
- Beach view
- Sea view
- Water sports
- Rock climbing
- Horseback riding
30 Jun - 7 Jul
6 Jan - 10 Feb
7 Jul - 14 Jul
10 Feb - 17 Feb
14 Jul - 21 Jul
17 Feb - 31 Mar
21 Jul - 1 Sep
31 Mar - 14 Apr
1 Sep - 8 Sep
14 Apr - 5 May
8 Sep - 15 Sep
5 May - 19 May
15 Sep - 22 Sep
19 May - 26 May
22 Sep - 20 Oct
26 May - 2 Jun
20 Oct - 27 Oct
2 Jun - 16 Jun
27 Oct - 23 Dec
16 Jun - 30 Jun
23 Dec - 31 Mar 19